Largest global IT exhibition canceled due to coronavirus

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — The organizers of the World Mobile Congress, which was supposed to be held in Barcelona from February 24 to 27, canceled the event amid an outbreak of coronavirus.

The organizing committee also asked the Catalan authorities to declare a state of emergency due to the virus. According to the Wired portal , such a decision was made for the benefit of insurance payments, which are due to the organizers in this case.

The question of canceling one of the world’s largest IT exhibitions arose against the backdrop of the mass refusal of participants to come. Representatives of such companies as Facebook, Amazon, LG, Intel, Ericsson, Vivo, ZTE, Nvidia, Cisco, Sony, Volvo, as well as HMD Global (manufactures devices under the Nokia brand) will not come to the event. At the same time, Samsung, Huawei, Oppo, Xiaomi and Motorola last week confirmed their participation.

An outbreak of pneumonia caused by a new type of coronavirus occurred in Wuhan, China, at the end of December 2019. The disease quickly spread to other countries.

On February 11, the World Health Organization gave the virus the official name COVID-2019 .

As of February 12, more than 44.6 thousand people were infected with the world, 1113 people became victims of the disease, more than 4.5 thousand were cured.

The Mobile World Congress has existed since 1987. This is one of the most notable events in the field of mobile communications. At this exhibition, leading manufacturers present their new products.


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